- A LOUSY January for Liverpool it was. 5 straight games ended in a draw. Twice against Everton. A month to forget. A month to rejuvenate. Though personally, I usually will implore those who express their feelings as if it’s the end of Liverpool and even thinking of supporting a lesser team, like Stoke City. At least when they lose, they lose it with style. Liverpool draw with style. Which one do you prefer?
- Not only I implore such deliberation, but urge all of you to sit up straight, walk tall and raise your chin. There’s nothing apocalyptic about Liverpool situation now. The UK media might suggested otherwise, that Rafa has lost the plot, that Liverpool is in disarray. The truth is far from it. Liverpool is ONLY 2 points less than Manure.
- What they are facing now is normal for any teams in a season. Man.U had their barren run a bit earlier than the rest, so it is normal to see them bloating now. Same goes with Arsenal, though it must take a serious beating on the top 3 for the kids to overhaul them at this stage. As for Chelsea, well they are more or less the same with us. But the disharmony within the ranks, with Drogba’s mood dictate the game… Chelsea is still a contender, more or less.
- Now, we must leave January 2009 with a bit of relieve. Thank God it was only draw. What if there’s a lost or two? We could be standing below Aston Villa at the moment. But we did not.
- Tomorrow, 1st February will be a good day to restart our campaign. No other nemesis could be better than Chelsea. With the lousy January we had, Liverpool will come as the best-bet to lose the game. Chelsea will be the favourite. So be it.
- So all the Liverpool supporters out there, keep your faith and don’t let the squad Walk Alone…
* Chelshit badge was taken without permission from www.Ihatechelsea.net
31 January 2009
30 January 2009
Secara azalinya Grand C4 Picasso ini adalah MPV tujuh kerusi tetapi dua kerusi tambahan di barisan akhir boleh dilipat rata di atas lantai kenderaan. Saiz dua kerusi tersebut bagaimanapun, lebih sesuai untuk menempatkan kanak-kanak atau orang dewasa di bawah ketinggian 5 kaki. Di belakang kerusi pemandu terdapat meja lipat sama seperti kerusi dalam pesawat.
Keluasan yang dinikmati bermula dari tingkap hadapan. Penghadang cahaya mempunyai ruang untuk ditolak lagi ke dalam bumbung, memberikan ruang pandangan sehingga ke langit bukan sahaja kepada pemandu tetapi juga penumpang di belakang.
Sebenarnya sepanjang pemanduan, penulis dapat merasai kesan tingkap yang begitu nyata pada kenderaan ini. Memang luas pandangan! Selain itu, tingkap bumbungnya juga meliputi dari bahagian tengah hingga hampir ke sudut belakang kenderaan (sesuai untuk menonton permainan bunga api!).
Jangan risau soal panas dalam cuaca tropika Malaysia kerana cerminnya dilengkapi penapis filem anti-UV dan anti- infra merah. Setiap baris tempat duduk juga dipasang dengan serombong pendingin hawa.
Penulis menemui satu kotak bertulis PARFUMEUR D’ambiance berlogo Citroen. Menurut Eksekutif Pemasaran dan Komunikasi Brooklands Motors, Loo Yat Min, botol pewangi itu mempunyai ruang khusus dalam serombong pendingin hawa dan stoknya hanya dibekalkan oleh Citroen. Ini lagi keistimewaan Citroen! Tidak perlu lagi bersusah-payah mencari botol pewangi dan melekatkannya di atas panel pemuka yang hanya mencacatkan rupa pandangan!
Citroen memberi perhatian khusus pada bahagian panel pemuka. Reka bentuknya yang moden dengan penekanan pada aspek digital, membawa perasaan seronok memandu (jarang dirasai semasa memandu kenderaan bukan kereta sports).
Meter kelajuan yang digunakan bukan meter tradisional. Ia terletak di konsol tengah yang latarnya boleh ditukar kepada lima warna dan nombor kelajuan menonjol mengikut tekanan pedal (ciri ini terdapat pada Honda Civic dan beberapa lagi kenderaan). Selain meter kelajuan, ia memaparkan kadar dan purata penggunaan minyak, tarikh, saluran radio yang sedang didengar dan jarum rpm.
Butang kawalan audio pula mempunyai penutup. Apabila tidak digunakan, panel pemukanya seolah-olah tidak mengandungi radio. Ia juga memiliki ciri Bluetooh pada sistem audionya yang boleh disambungkan terus dengan telefon bimbit anda.
Satu lagi ciri menarik pada Grand C4 Picasso ini ialah sterengnya yang hanya berputar pada bulatan genggaman tetapi bahagian tengah (lazimnya tempat hon dan beg udara) kaku semasa mengambil selekoh. Bila direnung rasional rekaan sebegitu, ia banyak memberi kesenangan kepada tangan pemandu kerana tidak terganggu oleh bahagian tengah roda stereng. Reka bentuk ini adalah inovasi asli dan pertama kali diperkenalkan oleh Citroen.
Untuk mengoptimumkan ruang dalam kabin pemandu, batang gear tidak diletakkan di lokasi biasa MPV lain iaitu di panel pemuka sebelah kiri tangan pemandu. Sebaliknya ia terletak pada ‘tengkuk’ stereng manakala brek tangan dikawal komputer sepenuhnya iaitu apabila gear dimasukkan ke ‘P’ dan enjin dimatikan. Brek tangan tersebut ‘dilepaskan’ sebaik sahaja gear ditukar ke ‘D’ dan pedal minyak ditekan.
Lampu belakang yang memiliki reka bentuk bermutu tinggi.
MPV ini dijana oleh enjin 2.0 liter yang menghasilkan 143 kuasa kuda dan tork sebanyak 200 Nm pada 4,000 rpm. Enjin yang mematuhi piawaian pengeluaran asap Euro 4 diperkasa oleh transmisi automatik empat kelajuan.
Ciri keselamatan merangkumi penarafan 5 bintang Euro NCAP dan sembilan beg udara dan sesuai dengan kempen memakai tali pinggang belakang, terdapat sistem peringatan tali pinggang untuk semua tujuh penumpang.
Harga atas jalan ialah RM169,607 tanpa insurans dan Brooklands Motors selaku pengimport dan pengedar eksklusif kenderaan Citroen menawarkan waranti dua tahun atau 100,000 km (yang mana dulu). Pelanggan juga boleh memilih beberapa aksesori tambahan seperti Bluetooth, kerusi sarung kulit, rim aloi 18 inci dan sebagainya yang bernilai RM7,700.
29 January 2009
28 January 2009
AFTER Emile Heskey left Wigan (amid a very funny speculation that he will rejoin Liverpool...), Wigan's front is effectively Arabs - Mido and Amr Zaki. Well, I will not go into arab vs spanish or whatsoever thing. Though it must be interesting to watch this combo, both fiery characters on the pitch. During the African Cup, both were in a hot-soup for quarelling with the Egypt's gaffer. Do the same with Steve Bruce, they won't be long... hahaha
Rafa has cleared the air about Keane's absence. He was in fact, not included at all in the line-up against Everton, thus explaning why he was not even on the bench. So much speculation by the UK media, again! However, in tomorrow early dawn's game, Keane will be given a shot. It seems that Rafa wanted to rest Torres for the Monday BIG FIGHT with Chelsea.
Let's hope Liverpool can repeat their feat against Wigan last year (3-2) when Amr Zaki shocked everyone with his flamboyant game and embarassed Agger. Let's hope Keane score this time.
Will you be awake tomorrow? Do you want me to wake you up? Because I'm taking my off-day tomorrow! hahaha... Life as a Liverpool fan is so good when your office hour starts at 3pm!
27 January 2009
I read with dismay about two of our players that were speculated to be on their way out of Anfield, simply because they were not played for the last couple of games. One is obviously Robbie Keanne and the other, Daniel Agger.
The UK media had a field day writing their pathetic prophecies about Keanne that is supposedly on the verge of quiting Liverpool and might rejoin Tottenham. The business deal is simple. Since Liverpool only paid cash 50 % of the total asking price of 20 million pounds, so Hotspur will pay Liverpool may be... 6-7 million and for-go the balance 10 million. If that's so simple.
Is this the norms in the English Premier League nowadays? You're a superstar. Earning 50-60,000 per week and when you're not playing (for legitimate or otherwise reasons), so you have the right to speak up your mind out loud and questioning the manager about it.
The January door is coming to a close in 4 days. May be everything seems to be `business as usual' regardless how depressing the whole scenario it created with such undermining media statement. What we need is calm. What we want is stability. Only then we can create winnings... something most of us have been missing for quite sometime. Too many unwanted draws. Don't you agree more?
* above photo of one most-hated player on earth is taken without permission from the Guardian UK
26 January 2009
Such is the celebration this year, I found out that that my children's school will not be open for the whole week! I never really travel during the festive seasons because I know very well that the resorts/ hotel will charge you like you will never come back there, and the vacancy is limited if you didn't plan early.
So I chose to work instead. Let me tell you the good thing about working during the big holidays... the traffic is almost non-existence (except the junctions to the shopping complexes). And the mood in the office is also laid-back, with majority are wearing jeans and t-shirt. That's it. GONG XI FATT CHAY!
And as for LIVERPOOL....
25 January 2009
- For the last couple of days, there's a few story on Liverpool ... which I cautiously read it through without a wink of desperation nor hope but simply an entertaining piece of reporting. One of it is regarding a supposedly-Kuwait sheikh who will be buying over LFC from the USA donkeys... and today I read, the sheikh denied it. No, it's not the end of the story as yet... as we know very well that you can deny it today, close the deal tomorrow and it's still consider an effective business (I was referring to Real Madrid).
- The other story is Jermain Pennant's rant towards Rafa. It seems the bad blood between him and the gaffer has reached a point of no return. If it's so, Mr Pennant - please leave. We, the fans not really into supporting one single player but more to the team as a whole. You alone doesn't constitute the correct definition of `a team' when you act not in accordance with the team ethics. Why he didn't make the Pompey move permanent is obvious. He wants to do the Bosman and ensure that LFC won't get any money out of it. He thinks it is weird that he is offered to join Real Madrid but still can't get a game with LFC. In a club such as LFC, it's not skills only that matters but the whole package. If you don't behave professionally, well...
- Tonight's derby. Probably Moyes will use the same team that stopped Liverpool's advancement in the premier league last week. This simply because all his out-&-out strikers are still injured. It must be comforting for him that, regardless of the short-handed, having a superb midfielder like Tim Cahill can always change the game's landscape.
Liverpool, I hope will retain Torres as the main striker, Kuyt on the right, Gerrard as supporting and Keane on the bench.
The possibility of Everton scoring is always there. Because this is not a lousy team totally. It is important that Liverpool will be able to stop them from winning. Provided Torres don't missed his chances like last week.
22 January 2009
Dear Bob From Kuching,
1. It has a good handling, which is a Nissan DNA. You find the easy handling (i.e smooth power steering, acceleration, torque) in every Nissan's model range. This is very important when you want to drive an SUV to differentiate from driving a truck (like me... hahaha). Having a huge body size, you want to have all the necessity features and X-Trail has it all.
2. The current model is coming to its end. The good news is that, the 2nd generation doesn't change that much. Tan Chong Motors yet to introduce the new model but you can find it in the Net. What I meant is that, having a new generation but not much changes in looks, can be a blessing because people wouldn't know. Look at BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. They changed la a bit here and there and on the engine. But you hardly notice the difference.
3. The price is competitive. The 2nd hand-value I'm not really sure because the downturn faced by the local automotive industry is across-the-board. Meaning, every model is experiencing some decline in the residual department. But it is a good news for you if you're looking for the 2nd hand unit.
4. Fuel consumption. SUV doesn't equates to fuel-efficient. You can't compare it to sedan. But having a 2.5 liter engine that exudes 180 horse power... hmmm... you will have that urge to speed and that spells massive fuel. You do the math.
5. Location. I'm not sure if Nissan is having huge presence in Sarawak. I'm driving a D-Max. I know how many it is sold back home but still a bit low than Toyota Hilux. Catch my drift? Being so, my point is that you got to ensure where is the nearest 3S Centre. I'm a bit ultra carefull with my rides, so I don't encourage myself to service my vehicles at any workshop. Priority is the authorised dealer. A bit pricey but they can't cheat you. And if they do, you still have avenues to present your case. Straight to the consumer service of the respective company. In this stiff marketing environment, no car companies dare to ignore your grouses.
* picture show the `highlight' fix on the roof-rail of X-Trail. So you don't have to install off-market product...
20 January 2009
But since you're reading it too, read this :
But don't worry, the bad feelings are confined within the football spectre. Elsewhere in daily life, business is done as usual. Aren't we? hahahah hey Manure fans, come back soon ya! Love to hear from you guys - you, $#!%%$@....!!!!
STILL HATE MANCHESTER UNITED NO MATTER WHAT!
19 January 2009
I supposed everyone agrees that the derby doesn't have that much attraction onto us - who are far far away from Merseyside. The only certain thing (as I have mentioned before) the derby will produce a massive competition, hard tackling, may be blood here and there and not less than 3 yellow cards and if there's a red card, it would be a bonus for all.
In terms of serious competition and pure hatred, I still name Manchester United a.k.a Manure as our number one nemesis. All the negative jibes in me towards this team is incomparable. Chelsea and Arsenal might annoys me occasionally. But Manure is consistently.
May be here in Malaysia, the visibility of Manure fans are greater than Chelsea and Arsenal. At least in my office, the Manure's supporter is the same level with us - Liverpool (around 20 against 18). There are 2 guys openly proclaiming themselves to be Chelsea devotees. Also 2 who says they love Adebayor but not William Gallas... (hahaha...)
This doesn't include the ladies. This segment is growing. Some of them admitted that they also stay awake in the wee hours to watch the game. Though their devotion is more towards the looks department (ohhh Torres is so handsome! ohhh who's that Spanish guy... Xabi?... yucks!!!)
Unfortunately for me, my desk is situated closely to the Sports Desk - a well known Manure supporters pit in my office. That's the reason I had to endure some banters yesterday. I hope tomorrow I can return the favour. I am preparing myself for the 4am game. Brace yourself. Call me if you guys need a wake-up call. hehehe... I'll be there!
WHAT : LIVERPOOL vs EVERTON
18 January 2009
MOST of the time, I try my best to adhere to the universal open sky policy. That is you're free to express your feelings and write what ever that come across your mind. I am practicing the concept here in this blog. But yesterday, one fella who refused to introduce himself, chose to use the harshest words he could muster, touch on the sensitivity of my faith and my place of work. I think this is already crossed the wisdom of a civilised person, so I decided to delete it. Too much venom, too much hatred and nothing to do with football or Liverpool. Just a moment of madness by the unknown writer, showing how small, narrow minded he is. Well, I think it won't be the first and the last, but my action would be the same... click the DELETE button. Talk senseless, touch on religion and my place of work, you'll have it - DELETE.
Well, I won't let that retarded man distrupt my posting, though it is alarming to see those other 3 managed to win their respective games, no matter how late the winner goal was attained. Look closely and you see Aston Villa is doing oh... so well too.
This leaves us no choice on Monday (very early Tuesday morning here in Malaysia) but to down Everton mercilessly at Merseyside. A lost is doomed and a draw is bye-bye which might see LFC goes down to number 3 in the standing. Unthinkable. Why is that Everton such a big problem for Liverpool to defeat? This is according to the UK media.
Personally, I don't see any problem for Liverpool. Last season was perfect for us. The inclusion of some Man.U's reject didn't really bothers us. Phil Neville had to use his hands to stop Lucas shot and was red-carded, remember? Tim Howard? oh yes... he talk big a few days ago. What? Touch N Go? You'll get some drubbing by Torres, you'll see. And what happened to another Man.U reject? I can't even remember his name but he was formely a Fulham striker. hahaha...
16 January 2009
Tomorrow night also would be one of those rare occasion when we - Liverpool supporter will lend our heart for the Trotters.
I love the way Fergie gloat. There's no one can do it better. He is the best in this field. Gloat and psycho the intended victim. At this point of time, the intended victim is apparently us... hehehe...
14 January 2009
12 January 2009
But when your rivals having young strikers, pacey and agile (look at Aston Villa, Arsenal), turning to a 31 year old burly Heskey seems to offer less wisdom. We're not sure if the good show Heskey has put into his game while with Wigan can be transformed into Liverpool ways of doing things. Is this good? Is this the way forward for us?
11 January 2009
Wasn't the draw annoying? It was. (Not the above photo. That is how Rafa sees Fergie...hahaha)
First, all of us had to wait until 1.30am. Then when it ended at 3.30am, we didn't get the win. Worst of all the performances by the LFC squad is lackluster. Though I still puzzled with Rafa's decision to play Kuyt upfront, deputised by Gerrard as second striker. Why Kuyt? What is wrong with Torres and Keane?
I thing Kuyt should have played on the right, never upfront alone. Rafa should have knew what Stoke can do to distrupt our game plan - after all this is the same team that parked the bus in front of Sorensen at Liverpool. However, on home turf, Stoke can be categorised as playing their best game. I think Rafa got it wrong tactically last night. He should be brave enough to sit at the bench and not next to Rick Perry.
Somehow this small club really put on the show when they're facing the BIG FOUR. Though Liverpool `seems' to control the game in terms of possession but every time that Volleyball player (Delap) throw his freaking-long ball, it somehow rattled our goal-post. Luckily, none converted.
* The shriek look-alike photo was taken without permission from The Guardian UK
08 January 2009
A good friend, an office mate (he was our Chief Bureau in Perlis since Jan 2007) and someone who is remembered most for his cheerfulness, happy-go-lucky and loves his golf. He has been a sport writer for awhile prior to his promotion to Perlis. He joined Utusan in 1993 and assigned to the Crime Desk, Motoring and Sport's desk.
He also used to write about automotive and we even exchanged our respective test-cars, according to our needs... He also play football for the Utusan's club. Some one whom I can trust to deliver ( I was the manager!).
The dreaded disease, believed to have been contracted by Johari while he was in Perlis since November 2008. He was warded there last month. He was allowed to resume his medication at his hometown in Muar and today he's gone. He was 41 years old, survived by a wife and 4 children.
Thank you Rizal of http://rizalhashim.blogspot.com/ for helping me in informing the rest of the sport writers community. I know both of you were good friends too. I believed Johari was the one who introduce you to me during one of my trip to the football matches in the 90's.
He's family address is : No. 228, Jalan Chenderawasih 18, Kampung Kenangan Tun Dr. Ismail 5 Selatan, Sungai Abong, Muar, Johor.
Condolences can be send via his sister, Miss Nor Senita 017-875 6699
So Long brother. Allah will blessed you, Insyallah.
06 January 2009
By Jeremy Butler (The Daily Sport UK)
The Manchester United manager is the Barclays Premier League's master of psychological warfare and is using that in a bid to unsettle Rafa Benitez's side.
Liverpool are three points ahead of Chelsea and seven in front of third-placed United, who have two games in hand, but Ferguson insists the Anfield side's inexperience in title chases will cost them.
Liverpool have won the League title 18 times but the last one was in 1990 and Ferguson believes nerves will get to them and cause them to drop points while United continue to haul in their Merseyside rivals.
Ferguson said: 'There's no doubt in the second half of the season they will get nervous. With the experience we've got, having won a couple of titles in the past couple of years, it helps you.
'They are going into the unknown and, at this stage, if you make mistakes you get punished.'
Champions United hope to gain ground on the top two by beating Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Ferguson said: 'That will be a big game. Chelsea have done very well away from home but not so well at home, so it has been interesting form for them this season.'
Should United win in front of their own fans it will take them to within a point of Luiz Felipe Scolari's side, having played two games fewer.
Ferguson admits that would strike a major psychological blow against the team widely expected to provide United's main competition for the Premier League crown this season.
The United manager said: 'If we can get within a point of Chelsea and we've games in hand, then we're in a great position.'
05 January 2009
I tried to log in a bit earlier during the day but it was impossible with my chores the whole day! And I have to stop now. Got to fetch my 2 girls from al-Quran class. See you later.
04 January 2009
Most of us have reached the general consensus that Steven Gerrard should know better than to get into an altercation with a club DJ over his preference of music. That was Southport after all.
The majority of us, however, do not believe that the skipper deserved all the flak that has flown his way since last Monday’s regrettable incident.
There are many of us who have not forgiven Gerrard for his attempt to sell Liverpool FC down the Mersey when Chelsea called - not once but twice.
None of us would know the real story behind those transfer transgressions until the main figures behind those two incidents leave the club. Right now, Gerrard is dying for a fight back.
His reaction will help the Reds determine how they would like to end the season. The tone was set by Rafael Benitez when he reportedly called his midfield live wire to assure him of his place in the team.
Benitez’s relationship with Gerrard is a stop-start affair and there are a number of us who believe that he would have sold Gerrard to Chelsea.
There also also many of us who believe that Benitez would welcome the opportunity to peg down Gerrard to a few notches just to trim his ego.
Benitez is too smart a manager to take the second option. He would turn this discomforting episode into a classic “us-against-them” siege mentality special to stave off any more claims that his team are ordinary without Gerrard.
Gerrard’s value to the team is indisputable and, if anything, he can be expected to come out battling for his reputation and the club’s title challenge. He has - contrary to his belief - a lot to prove now to the supporters. It is to Benitez, however, the team, will turn to for leadership and inspiration.
The manager is in his strongest position for the first time since his arrival at Anfield in the summer of 2004 - in relationships with the club’s owners, key officials and team’s idols.
He knows, more than anyone else, that this is a turning point in a campaign to land the dream title and Champions League honours. Gerrard’s bar brawl has unexpectedly provided the team a bigger opportunity to bond and become stronger.
There are no complaints with the team spirit that has been forged under Benitez - there are no superstars or destructive cliques in the dressing room and everyone is answerable and respond
to a single authority.
Benitez has managed to impose his work ethics and style of play on the Reds. Watch the more promising youngsters coming through to the first team - players such as Nabil El-Zhar - and you will seen a distinct stamp. This is Benitez’s Liverpool and the Premiership has been warned.
PRODUCED INDEPENDENTLY FROM LSCM E-NEWSLETTER
I have already fallen in love with the compact variant of BMW 1 Series when we first ``introduced to each other'' in 2005. To me, it has all the `naughty image/ bad boy' ingredients within its design, internal power and charisma. Now come the newly introduced BMW 1 Series Coupé.
It raises the design language so typical of this model series to a new, even more distinctive level. The sporting proportions of the car give it a unique look in the compact segment, the long front end, the passenger compartment – or the “greenhouse”, as it is sometimes called – moved far to the back, and the short rear end clearly distinguishing this two-door performer from its competitors.
Seen from the side, the shoulder-line of the car beneath the window area is the most striking element, while the widely flared side-sills accentuate the convex/concave surfaces of the side body panels. Interacting with the muscular wheel arches, these powerful contours clearly emphasise the sporting character and performance of the BMW 1 Series Coupé.
In its front end design, the new Coupé stands out clearly as a member of the BMW 1 Series: The design of the radiator grille, the kidney grille so typical of BMW with its powerfully accentuated chrome frame and headlights, is identical on all models. BMW 135i Coupé stands out clearly through its modified M Aerodynamics Package. Indeed, right from the start the front air dam with its extra-large central air intake emphasises the concept designed for superior driving dynamics.
The two separate air intakes at the sides, in turn, are subdivided by a dark crossbar and border on slightly flared flaps extending deeper down than the central air intake to guide the air past the front wheels and emphasise the wide front end of the BMW 135i Coupé also in visual terms.
The side-sills of the BMW 135i Coupé also boast their own, distinctive design, an additional light edge reinforcing the wedge shape. Again, this design feature typical of a BMW Coupé creates the impression of dynamic performance right from the start, even with the car at a standstill.
To highlight the BMW 135i Coupé as the top model also from the rear, the middle section of the rear air dam is finished in matt anthracite beneath the bumper, where the integrated diffuser optimises the car’s aerodynamics.
The side sections finished in body colour point towards the rear wheels, accentuating the wide track of the car. A further feature is the dark chrome finish of the tailpipe covers on the exhaust system, while the discreet spoiler lip commonly referred to in motorsport as a “gurney” on the rear lid provides yet a further sign of distinction with a positive impact on the flow of air.
The design of the radiator grille, the typical BMW kidney grille with its powerfully contoured chrome frame, and the headlights reflect the same body features at the front of the five- and three-door models.
Dark-coloured trim bars surrounding the lights create a clear optical contrast to the metal surrounds on the striking dual headlights. The bi-xenon round headlights, together with their corona-shaped light conductor rings serving to provide a daytime light function, likewise characterise the Coupé unmistakably as a BMW. The prominent chrome frame around the kidney grille, finally, adds to the particular style and flair of this compact model.
The rear end of the BMW 1 Series Coupé is equally powerful and striking in its look, distinctive horizontal lines accentuating the sheer width of the car. In combination with the widely flared wheel arches, these powerful lines also bear testimony to the safe roadholding of the new Coupé.
As a particularly sporting feature, the rear lid boasts a carefully sculptured contour flap visualising the short rear end and enhancing downforce on the rear axle at high speeds. And last but not least, the rear end also comes with a third brake light integrated in the rear spoiler.
The subdivision of individual light units within the L-shaped rear light clusters follows the horizontal orientation of lines at the rear, with the back-up light and direction indicators standing out clearly as a white band.
Horizontal light conductors are also integrated into the rear-light clusters, illuminated by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for a particularly homogeneous lighting effect. Indeed, this design feature already well-known from other model series clearly reveals in the dark that the BMW 1 Series Coupé is a genuine BMW in every respect. And finally, the two-stage brake lights varying in brightness and size as a function of brake power are another feature typical of BMW serving in addition to enhance safety on the road.
The interior of the BMW 1 Series offers clear and at the same time solid, sophisticated flair. Dynamic, horizontal elements create a formal connection between the front and rear, with the cockpit characterised by taut but widely stretching lines and surfaces.
The upper section of the dashboard, in turn, is finished in black, with high-quality, natural-looking surface grain further enhancing this touch of quality.
The lower section of the dashboard comes in either black, grey or beige, like the rest of the interior, again emphasising the orientation of the car through its horizontal design and creating a generous feeling of space.
The control console for entertainment and air conditioning is integrated smoothly and harmoniously into the dashboard through its soft radii and flowing surfaces. The Controller featured in the iDrive control system is integrated directly into the centre console, again following BMW’s characteristic philosophy. Galvanised pearl gloss surfaces, finally, are to be admired on the door openers, on the glove compartment opener, on the radio’s rotary knobs, on the knobs of the automatic air conditioning, on the iDrive Controller, and on the ornamental trim strips featured on the leather sports steering wheel.
The frame less window... imagine the convertible variant... wow... (but not on Federal Highway please! You might caught some serious lung problems driving without the air-conditioned!!!!)
The BMW 135i Coupé features 18-inch light-alloy wheels highlighting the car’s active performance and dynamism. And as yet a further feature the BMW 135i Coupé comes as standard with M Sports Suspension and a high-performance brake system incorporating six-piston fixed callipers on the front axle and two-piston fixed callipers at the rear.
The OTR price : RM423,800.
You got to be damned rich as the European footballer to own one, I guess. If not, I suggest you go for a bit practical models that were on the same price range but with four-doors and less sporty suspension! hahaha... This is Malaysian automotive market! 130% import tax and this is a German made!
Robbie `KING OF MISSES' Keane...
WHEN most of the highlight was focus on Gerrard, personally I was more inclined to see Robbie Keane to resume his scoring prowess which was abruptly ceased in the Newcastle's game last week. Prior to that, he has been scoring a couple goals. And that is supposed to be a promising, coming to the new year.
Last night, Keane started the game. He had four great chances to wrap up the game before the hour but missed the lot. A particularly poor miscue from six yards with the goal gaping on the stroke of half-time was enough to make every one of us experiencing some anger and deep frustration. I even send a text to Khan : ``Keane lost his confidence miserably'' and true enough, he failed again and again until he was substituted by Fernando Torres.
Ok Torres scored, simply because the captain is soooo kind to him, not that Gerrard couldn't score himself. But that kind of a kind passes, just to ensure your long time-injured teammate got a feel for a goal... is something rather difficult to do, even by our village standard ! (I play futsal, I do pass it to my mates even when I am facing the keeper one-on-one. But that is due to the nature of futsal. There's not enough space and time to muster a dribble. It's all about one touch and quick thinking. So if there's a mate on your left, perhaps it is a better chance to pass him the ball. But in Gerrard's case, what he did was ohh..so... kind!)
Wonder what if Keane was at the other end, could anyone put a dollar bet that he could convert it at all? Not with the pricey 4 clear-cut chances that he miserably missed!
At the moment, I have no feeling towards him. If Rafa wishes to sale Keane now, so be it. It' one thing to say that you can't score any goals if you're not been given a good service (a through pass from the midfielders or wingers) but hey... Keane - he just squandered one chance after another.
And the frustration is reaching a dengue-peak, the questions has been asked again and again... and now the voices are becoming louder. Is Keane the right one for us? Because the anger in us has become unbearable, something that has never been seen before... not even when we waited for Crouch to open his goal account. WHY WAS CROUCH SOLD IN THE FIRST PLACE? idiot.
03 January 2009
F.A Cup in 2001 was won single-handedly by Michael Owen.
Is there gonna be 2009?... Not really our focus this time, right? It's still the EPL Champion that we're after. And perhaps a good showing in the European Champions?
Defensive duo Liam Chilvers and Neal Trotman remain unavailable through injury, as does goalkeeper Wayne Henderson. On-loan Ross Wallace is expected to feature, however, after receiving clearance from his owners, Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Neil Mellor is a chance to line up against his former club. The striker, best known for his contribution to the Reds’ successful 2005 Champions League campaign, will tussle with Jon Parkin, Chris Brown and Stephen Elliott for a starting spot.
The big news is that Stevie G is expected to play, just days after being charged with assault and affray for brawling at a Southport nightclub. Captain Fantastic was not only in electric form on his last outing, but the spotlight is well and truly fixed on him after his late-night fight at the Lounge Inn. The England man will be desperate to get the press and the public focusing on his football once more, so Preston’s midfield could be in for a bit of a battering.
Equally exciting is the possibility of Fernando Torres’ return to action after a month out with a hamstring problem – the Spaniard should be named on the bench.
Some of Anfield’s young guns will get a run-out, with the likes of Damien Plessis, Lucas Leiva, David N’Gog and Nabil El Zhar all in contention to start. Robbie Keane, left out altogether against Newcastle, may also feature from the get-go.
Alvaro Arbeloa (hamstring) and Fabio Aurelio (calf) return to the squad after injury, while Martin Skrtel could make his first start in defence since suffering knee-ligament damage in October.
01 January 2009
So, what's with the Nissan Navara picture above? Yes it was taken by me using Canon 400D. And yet to be published actually. May be sometimes within this month. This Saturday's edition will be my review on BMW 135i Coupe.
As you can see, I am still a truck lover. I owned a 3 liter Isuzu D-Max. A mammoth on the road in terms of engine size. However, the new Navara beats all - the biggest size, the most powerful engine 2.5 liter that exuded over 175 horse power and a nice suspension system. The Nissan buddies ask me if I wish to `switch' my truck. I would love to but reality check is that with the global credit crunch today, I don't think I can get a reasonable loan interest rates and also, a sustainable second hand value for my existing truck. But above all, my love towards D-Max never diminished.
It took me a good 12 months before I come to the decision. I tested all the truck available on our market except Tata - which has no aesthetic value at all. And the main reason for me choosing D-Max is for its fuel efficiency. A full tank of 75 liter, you can drive up to 800 km maximum with an average speed below 110km/h. Mine is an automatic transmission. If you choose a manual... there's an annual test made by Isuzu and monitored by independent bodies that proves D-Max can go as far as 1,500 km ! But I suspect they are driving below 100 km/j. In my case, sometimes I drove between 110 km/h to 140 km/h (depending on my mood) and on none-working days I just sailed below 100 km/h.
Because of my job also which allows me to test-drive many-many cars in a month... my truck just register slightly over 19,200 ++ km yesterday. This aspect itself, surely will be a plus factor if ever I think I want to sale it off. Of course the negative factor is that the road tax is almost RM2K. I still not sure what is the current rate because the government did announced sometime ago that the diesel road tax would be standardise with the petrol. Now that the oil price has been lowered, I really not sure. I guess I have to wait for my insurance agent to confirm it for me.
A few buddies ask me about changing their cars this year. My advice is that they have to monitor the nation's economy. Listen to the news more. The global economic problem is expected to be felt within the first quarter here in Malaysia. Though the government, through our `new' Finance Minister is working hard to ensure all the stimulus packages that were announced last year, will be implemented in full-swing. If these works, the impact won't be that dire (or so the experts hopes).
However, my understanding as of now is that, our domestic automotive industry has been experiencing the slowdown of sales since last October (post-Aidilfitri). The negatives are said to be felt across-the-board. Meaning it affected both the players who are the franchise holders (i.e Toyota, Honda, Nissan etc..etc..) and also those Grey Market (Approved Permit Holders) that sold reconditioned premium cars. During the oil price hike in late 2006, the decreased was felt only on the franchise holder. Now, when the AP Holders also admitted that their sales has been affected... it shows that majority of people and companies are controlling their lust for new cars. The warning system of economy breakdown has been sounded since late October, so there is ample time for all of us to adjust. With the exception of a few including the Perak State Government who opted to purchase the Toyota Camry, every one must practice caution for awhile.
There is a positive side of being so. First, if you go now to buy a car... the interest rate inflicted upon you is enormous than before. While 1 point won't make much different to some, but when it is translated into RM60-RM100 extra on your monthly installment, you must do some calculation on your whole budget. The wisdom is that, your car expenses should not be more than 1/4 of your monthly salary. The rest must be balanced between your house mortgage, groceries, child schooling, Astro, petrol etc etc...
Second, your purchasing power is reduced in terms of down payment. If you have a car and you want to resale it to gain some capital, the residual value is an issue based on the car-make. A big disaster if you owned a national car or a korean-car that has been re-badged as national car. For example, for a 2003 Proton Waja the market price could be RM30,000. Now it could be reduce to a few thousand ringgit more. The excuses given by the 2nd hand car dealer is that they also don't have ready buyers.
Third, most of the car dealers are aiming for the Chinese New Year spirits where they usually register lots of new sales annually during that period. Look out for good bargain within this 2-3 weeks prior to the CNY. If you're lucky, you might be offered good value items if you buy a car. At least Perodua (Klang Branch) I have noticed is offering a 32inc Plasma TV for a new MyVi.
Forth, if the sales during the CNY is lousy, the car dealers have to think of something to stimulate their sale. Expect a more rigorous and aggressive marketing ploy among the players. The end benefit is ripe for us to take!
Fifth, if you eyeing for the premium segment, we are hoping the AP holders will lowered the prices of cars like Toyota Caldina, Harrier, Honda Elysion and etc etc. The discount could be between RM15k to RM40k depending on your luck!
hmmm.... I stop here now. So this is a snapshot of what utusanLFC would be starting today. I shall mix my writing between Liverpool FC and automotive industry. Hope you guys like it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009!